By Greg Laurie
“Then she cried out, ‘Samson! The Philistines have come to capture you!’ When he woke up, he thought, ‘I will do as before and shake myself free.’ But he didn’t realize the LORD had left him.”
One of the saddest statements in the Bible is this one: “But he didn’t realize the Lord had left him” (Judges 6:20 NLT).
This refers to Samson, who lost touch with God. It culminated with Delilah shaving his head as he slept. Samson’s power, however, was not in his long hair. Rather, it was in his commitment to God, which his long hair symbolized.
Samson didn’t know it, but he already was in a state of decline that had been taking place over a period of years. This is so typical of a person who’s in a state of spiritual decline. Sometimes, they’re the last to know.